Day 111 to 115 Spiritual Luang Prabang in Laos

Buddhist monks walk the streets to collect the morning alms from the local people

Luang Prabang was just as spiritual as we expected…The population of the city is around 56000. The monks can be seen walking quietly all over town. The temples and monasteries are beautiful and numerous (more than 30). We walked up several hundred steps to see the well-known Mount Phousi in the town center. When you arrive at the top the view is amazing. The Laos people think that if you set a bird free at the top of this mountain you will enjoy happiness and good luck in the future. Other attractions we visited were the Royal Palace (years ago Luang Prabang was the capital of Laos), Wat Sen (temple), Dexter (a cafe/reataurant in town with tasty food) and Utopia (relaxed and friendly bar/restaurant for backpackers). Outside the city we got to see the Kuang Si Waterfalls wich was stunningly beautiful. On our way out we saw some weird-looking animals who looked like a mix between cows and pigs, the body looking like a cow with shorter feet, sometimes with a curly tail and fair skin. 🙂 Back in town we also enjoyed the night market and the national day in Luang Prabang. Alongside calm salesmen and women the children were playing and having fun. Lights and music made the whole experience even more relaxing. In Laos near all men are, once in their lives, living as a monk for a year or longer (some remain monks all their life) to get a good upbringing and attitude. That is something all people could benefit from in my opion… One morning we got up at 6 o’clock to witness the monks walk the streets to collect their morning alms. It was a nice and quiet happening where around 20 monks (outside one temple) walked slowly past the local people giving them food… It was all over in minutes – and we went happily back to our beds to sleep some more hours. 🙂 We finally experienced several trips by boat on the Mekong river alongside Luang Prabang wich we all enjoyed very much. The people we met were very friendly and grandparents seemed to have a close relationship with their grandchildren as moreover being the ones to look after them. We certainly enjoyed our stay and would have nooooo problem revisiting this peaceful place on earth…

Our pictorial hotel garden and lakeview alongside the Mekong river in Luang Prabang

Luna Noor in Kuang Si Waterfalls in Luang Prabang

The national day in Laos 

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Day 106 to 110 Superfantastic Siem Reap in Cambodia

Majestic Angkor Wat

20161012_134704Oh myyyy! What an incredible journey we have had in Siem Reap! Our top priority was of course Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon. Still we also got to visit the nearby floating village (where people lived in their homes on the river/lake) and the national war museum. In addition to get to see and visit all these fantastic places we also got to try out the local massage (niiiiice) and to see the night market. Riding the Tuk-tuk made our hot bodies get a rest during the very hot days. Angkor Wat is the largest religious temple in the world. It was originally built as a Hindu temple under the Khmer empire but was gradually transformed into a Buddhist temple. It was originally designed as the Mount Meru, the home of the Hindu Gods. Angkor Thom was the last capital of the Khmer empire and covers an area of 9 km 2. Inside this city is situated Bayon (“the four faced temple”). Such a beauty and fantastic handicraft…

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Day 104 to 105 Impressing Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia

Ib, Luna and Siv in front of Petronas Towers on a sunny day 🙂

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Kuala Lumpur took us by surprise as we had no idea it was such a dynamic, clean and high-tech city! As it is the capital of Malaysia and has near 1.8 million inhabitants – in addition to loooots of tourists, the city is teeming with life. We quickly understood this was a city we had too little time (3 days) to explore. We soon agreed Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur is a country and city we would love to revisit some time in the future. This time around we had the pleasure of visiting the city center, Petronas Towers and Batu Caves.

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Day 101 to 103 Artistic Penang in Malaysia

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Penang is a state on the northwest coast of Malaysia. It has about 1.7 million inhabitants and is highly urbanized and industrialized. Georgetown is the capital city on Penang Island. Mostly Malay and Chinese people live there, but also Indian and other ethnicities. The religions that are practiced are Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Cristian and Taoist faith. We got to visit/see some of the top attractions like Georgetown (streetart) and the Goddness of Mercy Statue and Gurney Drive Other than doing sightseeing for one day (hop on- hop off bus) in Georgetown we were quite lazy and stayed by the pool or the seaside nearby our hotel… 🙂

Luna Noor and some other beautiful flowers in Penang

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Day 99 to 100 Relaxing Negombo in Sri Lanka

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We had two lazy days in Negombo before leaving Sri Lanka. Negombo is a relaxed city close to the capital Colombo. We spent two days and 3 nights by the Laccadive Sea (Indian Ocean) eating late breakfasts, sitting on the dock morning and evening sharing good time talking, trying the local Tuk Tuks, visiting the city center with its markets, having late dinners. Just spending time to gather new energy… 🙂

Luna Noor and Ib Margido chatting in front of the sea

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Day 97 and 98 Sweetest Kandy, Ceylon tea and Elephant rides

Kandy Lake

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In Kandy town, earlier the capital of Sri Lanka, we had to visit the downtown, the sweetest Kandy Lake, the Tooth Relic Temple and the Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue up in the mountainside of the city. The Tooth Relic Temple is one of the most sacred Buddha worship places in Sri Lanka as the story tells us the Buddha’s tooth is inside the temple. The Bahiravokanda Buddha Statue is not too old and built by monks from the area.

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Day 96 Amazing Sigiriya and exciting Dambulla

Ib Margido and Luna Noor relaxing on top of The Lion Rock Fortress

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On our way from Kalkudah to Kandy, we had to stop at some of the main attractions in Sri Lanka. These are called, the Lion Rock Fortress in Sigiriya and the The Cave Temple in Dambulla. The history of these two attractions are quite unique. In short, the Lion Rock Fortress is a 200 meter high massive rock. In the 5th century the king of Sri Lanka Kasyapa, wanted this place to be his new capital and built an urban city with impressing architecture at the foot of this rock. On top of the rock he built a palace to keep him safe… The Cave Temple in Dambulla consists of 5 caves and they have altogether 153 Buddha statues and are full of paintings on the walls and ceilings. Before these caves were dedicated Buddha and his life (when Buddhism arrived Sri Lanka), findings show that ancient Sri Lankians have lived in the caves as there has been found 2700 years old sceletons burried nearby…

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